Robotic sorter lends hand to recycler Down Under

Australia: Robotic sorting technology provider ZenRobotics of Finland is close to delivery of a three-armed robotic system, the ZRR3, to the Sunshine Groupe recycling company in Melbourne, Australia.

'We believe that through changed thinking and innovative technology, more and more waste can be transformed into valuable resources', states Sunshine's director Tom Buxton. 'We will achieve this by challenging conventional waste practices and by looking for new and innovative technologies to recycle waste', he adds.

Through a partnership with Sustainability Victoria, Sunshine installed a material recovery facility at their landfill and recovery site. The facility allows the company to 'better identify' resources from a 120 000 tonnes per year waste stream. After the waste has been sorted the materials will be transferred to the state-of-the-art sorting plant, where the ZRR3 takes over.

According to ZenRobotics' local dealer, Robots in Waste, more and more recycling and waste management companies in Australia show interests in robotic solutions. 'Because of the sheer size of our country we will have people flying across the continent to see the ZRR3 in action', says the firm's representative Jim Duncan.

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